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The Multiple Child

By (author) Andree Chedid
Translated by Judith Radke
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Mercury House, San Francisco, United States
Published: 1st Nov 1995
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm d 14mm
Weight: 255g
ISBN-10: 156279079X
ISBN-13: 9781562790790
Barcode No: 9781562790790

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Elements of Silas Marner, A Christmas Carol, and - God help us, every one - St. Exupery's soporific The Little Prince are traceable throughout this maudlin recit about a wounded war refugee who brings joy into the lives of miscellaneous troubled adults. He's Omar-Jo, who lost an arm during the bombings in Lebanon and has consequently become a placid contemplative preadolescent whose metaphysical sweetness (he keeps saying things like "Life is the movies") makes the boy All Things To All People. Flashbacks describe his family and history, but God alone knows where he's coming from - or why Chedid, a much-honored French writer of Lebanese descent, is taken so seriously by so many presumably otherwise intelligent people. A suffocating paean to the wisdom of childhood, not to mention the pleasures of arrested development. (Kirkus Reviews)